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Publisher's Summary

Yumiko Kadota was a young, gifted medical student - the top of her class - on her way to becoming an outstanding plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Fourteen years she'd studied and worked hard. She put in 70-hour weeks at the public hospital as a plastic surgery registrar, accepted everything her superiors threw at her because that's what you do to get on, right? Her life revolved around her work, but it was okay because it would all amount to a stellar, dream career down the track. In 2018, she walked away from it all.

Emotional Female charts Kadota's rugged journey through ambition and dedication to exploitation and eventual collapse - and beyond. Yumiko Kadota is a voice for her generation when it comes to work practices and burnout, but she's also someone other generations can look to as a symptom of what's acceptable in the workplace.

©2021 Yumiko Kadota (P)2021 Penguin Random House Australia

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Absolutely loved this book.

I'm a nurse of 30 years. I'm 51 now and have seen a lot in healthcare.

The book made me sad that our culture does this to others. Yumiko's book is beautifully written and loved her narration. She is brave and articulate.

I enjoyed her story and really recommend this read.

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raw and honest

A lovely book, so easy to listen to and special that the author narrated it. As someone in the medical profession, I just found this book so real and relatable and brave. Many thanks to the author for sharing these insights into her life and for sharing this story, for calling out sexism, racism and nepotism, and for highlighting the importance of mental health and wellbeing for junior doctors.

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Thought provoking read for anyone working in healthcare

Really eye-opening story of the overwork and toxic culture in the medical field. This story will definitely stay with me as I continue in the healthcare field, and will act as a reminder to be kind to others in the field and to prioritise self care.
Definitely a recommended read for anyone pursuing medicine (particularly women)

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An older emotional female medical professional

Thank you Yumiko for giving voice to the experiences of so many in our profession. I also found healing in academia. I am confident a successful career lies ahead for you. I hope every senior clinician with responsibilities for junior medical staff reads your book and reflects on their role in perpetuating the abusive system.

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A story everyone needs to hear!

This is the type of book a Sci-Fi nerd like myself would never normally listen to, however, I am so glad I did.

The authors story is one a lot of us can relate to, you don't need to be in the medical field to understand.

There are a lot of things that systemically need to be addressed in many modern workplaces, and whilst we can't always get the changes over night, books like this can encourage us to either speak out against how we are being treated, or in my case, make me more aware of how I may be treating co-workers and people around me.

5 out 5 would recommend!

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brutally honest and brave

The racs training program is intensely competitive and Yumikos account of her journey offers an unfettered view into the trials and tribulations all doctors go through in their attempts to become a surgeon. An incredibly important read for all surgically aspiring medical students / doctors but also one that is completely accessible and enjoyable by non medico. Thank you Yumiko!

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One of the most enthralling reads of this decade

This book by Yumiko is a testament to her strength.
It was beautifully written and narrated.

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Yumiko ... you are awesome!
Great and impactful read. Thank you for sharing your story.

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a must read for all senior medical staff

having worked in the public health system this book rings true. toxic cultures always leach down from leadership above. heres to hoping real change results from the sharing of this experience, imagine a world where our surgeons had both the skill, humanity and ethics of yumiko

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Loved it

The narration by the author makes this audio book all the more wonderful. You can really feel the characters coming through.

This book covers some confronting topics about our health system and the way the profession treats our doctors of the future. I think it is a great book for anyone thinking of entering the medical profession and professional women in general.

Thank you Yumiko for sharing your difficult story.

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A must read for all doctors

Have just finished this book, and the micro aggressions that were evident through her experiences really triggered me, as another woman of colour in medicine. Lots of food for thought on topics such as burn out and lack of female representation in positions of leadership. There is still much work to be done, but thank you Yumiko for starting the conversation.

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